[rfc-i] draft-rfc-editor-rfc2223bis-08.txt

Martin Duerst duerst at w3.org
Mon Jan 24 02:17:46 PST 2005

There are large areas of the world where 8 1/2 by 11 paper is
not available, but A4 paper is easily available.
This leads to two issues:

1) Some Postscript drivers check for paper size in a way that
    makes it impossible to output the resulting Postscript file
    on other paper sizes without hacking the Postscript with
    a text editor. Other Postscript drivers are more tolerant.

    The replacement of RFC 2223 should say that Postscript should
    be produced in such a way as to print even on slightly different
    paper sizes.

At 05:35 05/01/23, Bruce Lilly wrote:

 >Text and PostScript versions could be made identical if the
 >PostScript Format Rules were revised to use (8.5 - 7.2)/2
 >or 0.65 inch left and right margins and (11 - 9 2/3)/2 or
 >2/3 inch top and bottom margins on 8.5 x 11 inch paper.

2) A4 is longer but narrower than 8 1/2 by 11. This raises
    the question whether 7.2 inches will fit on an A4 page.
    7.2 inches is 18.288 cm. The width of an A4 page is
    21 cm. That means 2.712 cm of white space, or 1.356 cm
    on each side, or roughly -0.534 inches. Not very much
    in particular in terms of aestethics, but probably okay
    for most printers.

Regards,    Martin. 

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